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Experiencing The Surreal: Iceland’s Incredible Blue Lagoon

the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandAfter enduring a 5-hour red-eye, we landed in Reykjavic at 4am (midnight in the US), only to wait 5 more hours until the arrival of our scheduled pick up with Kuku Campers. As noted in our previous post, business hours in Iceland start a bit later and end a bit earlier, perhaps the reason why there are no Starbucks or McD’s anywhere on the island, who wants to work those crazy hours right?! Agreed, this is something we were able to appreciate despite the tiny inconveniences. Needless to say, by 10am we were feeling pretty delirious, that paired with the completely unfamiliar, moon-like surroundings, we couldn’t tell you what planet we were on.

the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandLuckily Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 wonders of the world, was the only activity on our itinerary… a day of soaking in the warm, therapeutic, milky-teal waters to help rejuvenate the soul? We couldn’t get there soon enough.

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the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandLike most incredible things, this place is extremely popular, but you would be missing out on something special if you didn’t go and we honestly couldn’t think of a better way to begin (and/or end) our time in Iceland.

the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandWe reserved our Premium tickets online beforehand, which is required for all. If you don’t want to deal with long lines, especially if you’re visiting during summer between the peak hours of 10am-2pm, we recommend purchasing the Premium or Luxury tickets, as they have a separate line that moves quite a bit faster. We put on our high-tech wristbands, took our mandatory pre-pool shower (nudity required remember), put on our comfy robes and headed outside into the 30-degree world before being engulfed in the milky, warm hug that is the Blue Lagoon.

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the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do iceland

the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandIt was as divine as it looks. The geothermal water originates 2,000 meters below the earth’s surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals, before emerging at a soothing 38°C (100°F). Another amazing fact is that the lagoon is self-cleansing, completely renewing itself every 40 hours.

the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandWhat makes it blue you ask? What’s interesting is that the water is actually white! The blue color comes from the way silica reflects in sunlight and during the summer there can also be a hint of green in the water. This is the result of the increased amount of algae, which multiplies quickly when exposed to direct sunlight.
the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandWith multiple “mudding stations” setup around the lagoon, we couldn’t get enough of the stuff! By the end of the day our faces were as soft as a newborn’s bum.

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the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do iceland, silica mud, blue lagoon mudWe decided to have a little fun while we were at it 🙂

the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandAfter a good seven hours or so of soaking, we showered our pruney selves in their spacious, spa-like locker rooms and prepared for an incredible meal at LAVA.

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blue lagoon, fine dining iceland, best restaurants in inceland, lava restaurant iceland, lava iceland, blue lagoon foodWith a glass of champagne to start, we had already fallen in love with the tiny island we had just begun to explore… cheers to that.

blue lagoon, fine dining iceland, best restaurants in inceland, lava restaurant iceland, lava iceland, blue lagoon foodOnce we settled into the cozy, romantic space, admiring the sweeping viewing of the glowing lagoon, our waitress came over to take our orders. Drew went for the Nordic Chef of the Year’s award winning selection. First he was served a slowly cooked cod with a lightly smoked langoustine salad, including crisp apples and savory pearl onions, all enveloped in a rich langoustine sauce.

blue lagoon, fine dining iceland, best restaurants in inceland, lava restaurant iceland, lava iceland, blue lagoon foodNext was the main course. Drew was presented with a fried front rack of beef and lamb cheek, alongside a roasted medley of carrots, potatoes and morel, all under a generous pour of rich port wine glaze. I, on the other hand, enjoyed their signature vegetarian dish, the salt-baked celeriac (an exclusive Icelandic root vegetable) placed atop a bed of couscous, paired with hazelnuts, red onion, roasted grapes and their traditional dill oil. Needless to say, it was all incredible.

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blue lagoon, fine dining iceland, best restaurants in inceland, lava restaurant iceland, lava iceland, blue lagoon foodWith too much wonderfulness to choose from, we topped it all off with their signature Nordic Chef of the year dessert. Cranberries and organic dark-chocolate were placed alongside marzipan, shaved lemon, hazelnuts and homemade meringue. We also had to order the highly recommended, made-from-scratch brioche topped with brown-butter ice cream, fresh apples, celeriac foam and a mouth-watering caramel drizzle. We couldn’t help but smile the whole way through.

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blue lagoon, fine dining iceland, best restaurants in inceland, lava restaurant iceland, lava iceland, blue lagoon food, icelandic desertWith full bellies, rejuvenated spirits and eager hearts, we ended the evening looking over the shimmering lagoon and mysterious land that we would soon be immersed in.

Lookout View of the Blue Lagoon, the blue lagoon, mr and mrs adventure, couple kissing in amazing lagoon, mud masks, handsome couple, couple in iceland, things to do icelandMore Helpful tips:

Best camera to bring? GoPro with waterproof casing.

No jewelry, lagoon water corrodes silver and gold. You can safely store your gems in your locker.

Ladies, if you don’t want to deal with a world of knots on your head, be sure to tie your hair up, or bring a heavy-duty, leave-in conditioner if you can’t resist a full dunk. They also provide you with shampoo and conditioner, but I needed something a bit stronger.

You can check your luggage for a small fee if you’re getting dropped off with all your airport gear. Reykjavic Excursions offers lagoon transport to and from the airport and the surrounding Reykjavic area.

Find the cave and the hydraulic massage waterfall, trust us.

 

8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Cristina Cellini

    July 21, 2015

    Hi from Barcelona!

    In two weeks I’m travelling to Iceland so your blog is being very helfull, I must say that I love it, and also your pics. What camara and lends you bring with you when you are travelling? Thanks and Thanks

    Cris**

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      mrandmrsadventure

      July 21, 2015

      Cris – Glad we could help with planning your trip! We use a a Canon 6D camera body and for lens, a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens majority of the time. For long range zoom and to add bokeh at times we use a 70-300mm. Happy to help 🙂

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    Ashley

    May 23, 2015

    Hey! Love this! Did you take these shot on an slr though and not jus a go pro?

    • Reply

      mrandmrsadventure

      May 26, 2015

      Glad you loved em! Yes, these shots were taken using a Canon 6D

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    rubinphoto

    May 7, 2015

    Beautiful photography and story! Thanks to you, I now want to visit Iceland even more!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      May 7, 2015

      Thank you Yves! It’s an incredible place to visit. There are so many incredible photo opportunities, We know you woul love it.

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    Philip

    May 7, 2015

    I love this! Great shots! This was also the FIRST thing I did as soon as my friend and I landed on Iceland. Definitely felt like a different planet there. We ended up staying in that wonderful spa for 6 hours instead of the planned 3 lol. Loved everything about it especially all of the free mud mask stations! Next time I will have to check out this restaurant! Thanks again for sharing =)

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      mrandmrsadventure

      May 12, 2015

      Haha! My fingers were total prunes by the time we peeled ourselves out of it! Awesome to hear you enjoyed it too 🙂 It’s just too beautiful to miss!

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